- 1 [mass noun] The attainment or acquisition of a position of rank or power: the Queen’s accession to the throneMore example sentences
- But Preston has been named as one of the nation's ‘Golden Cities’ to mark the 50th anniversary of the Queen's accession to the throne.
- The Queen yesterday marked the 50th anniversary of her father's death - and of her accession to the throne - with a poignant visit to a cancer unit.
- Albert's accession to the throne is a two-step event, with another ceremony expected to draw heads of state on November 19.
- 1.1The action or process of formally joining or being accepted by an institution or group: the accession of Spain and Portugal to the EUMore example sentences
- The working party on China's accession will formally approve the package on Monday at WTO headquarters in Geneva, clearing the way for entry by the end of this year.
- This week, Bulgaria's intellectual potential will be called upon to aid the country in the process of its accession into the European Union.
- Thirdly, this process of accession has established very close links between the civil society here and the civil societies of the member states.
- 1.2The formal acceptance of a treaty or agreement: accession to the Treaty of Rome was effected in 1971More example sentences
- It is in this context that the Russian side raises the question of linking NATO membership for certain states to their accession to the Agreement on Adaptation of the CFE Treaty.
- Goff said accession to the treaty ‘signals that New Zealand is committed to closer engagement with ASEAN, and with Asia more generally.’
- It said the two sides agreed to hold the signing ceremony for China's accession to the treaty at a meeting between Chinese and ASEAN leaders slated for October on the Indonesian resort island of Bali.
- 2A new item added to an existing collection of books, paintings, or artefacts: the day-to-day work of cataloguing new accessions [as modifier]: the accession numberMore example sentences
- Twelve of these accessions were taken from collections of J. Bergelson and R. Mauricio.
- All the accessions were collected from various regions of the Middle East.
- To mark the occasion the museum's curators organized an exhibition featuring objects from the permanent collection, almost all of which were recent accessions specifically donated to celebrate the new building.
- 2.1An amount added to an existing quantity of something: substantial accessions of goldMore example sentences
- The eastern frontier of the new Poland was fixed to run along the Curzon Line, while the question of the western border was left open, with a reference to ‘substantial accessions of territory in the north and west’.
- After clearing of native vegetation, rainfall accessions to the groundwater has increased in the order of 10-fold over natural rates.
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- Record the addition of (a new item) to a library, museum, or other collection: each book must be accessioned and the data entered into the computerMore example sentences
- In March 1934, the trustees met the financial terms of the Bliss will, her bequest was accessioned and a Museum of Modern Art with a permanent collection became a reality.
- That the Metropolitan Museum accessioned no works by Sargent between 1941 and 1949 reflected the distractions of World War II and the fact that interest in late nineteenth-century cosmopolites like Sargent was at its nadir.
- The collections were accessioned by the NMB, and distributed to specialists for identification and preparation of systematic monographs.
late 16th century (in the general sense 'something added'): from Latin accessio(n-), from the verb accedere 'approach, come to' (see accede).